British citizens have a litany of woes about the growing influence of Islam in British society and more particularly the acceptance of Sharia Law as parallel a legal arm. But why the fear of Islam? When the British ruled India it courted and patronized the Muslims to the point of providing them with a country name Pakistan that today has a reputation as a breeding ground for global terrorism.
H.V. Seshadri’s The Tragic Story of Partition detailed the machination of the British to truncate India so that it would not play any meaningful and decisive role in world affairs. East and West Pakistan was given to the Muslim League and the British actively participated in the grab to wrest Kashmir from Maharaja Hari Singh who finally handed it to India.
The entire exercise of partition was well thought out by Britain and western interests to ensure that India’s historical trade routes are blocked, and more importantly, that she is surrounded by hostile neighbours.
Islam is naturally hostile to Hinduism. It is an absolutist faith that holds the belief that it is the only pathway to Truth. Muslims were told that they are to “keep to themselves away from the general stream of Indian life as otherwise the Islamic purity would be corrupted by contact with Hindus.”
Seshadri quoted from W.W. Hunter’s “The Indian Mussalmans” that “British officers urged eminent Islamic authorities to issue suitable directions so as to convince the devout Muslims that loyalty of the Christian rule to the British was in no way repugnant to the Koranic injunctions.”
Also lands that were confiscated from Hindu landlords that participated in the First War of Independence (1857) were “gifted to those Muslims who stood by the British during that trying period.”
The British went further to arouse latent historical memories “that they were the descendants of the great Moghul Emperors who once ruled over Bharatvarsha and as such belong to the ruling classes; the Hindus were slaves under them, kaffirs; it was beneath Muslims’ dignity to mingle and make common with the Hindus; and so on.”
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University, was a great advocate of India’s freedom and appealed for the unity of all Indians in a united front to win independence from Britain. Sir Syed said: “Remember that the words ‘Hindus’ and ‘Muhammadans’ are only meant for religious distinctions, otherwise all persons whether Hindu, Muhammadan or Christian, who reside in this country belong to one and the same nation…they must each and all unite for the good of the country which is common to all.”
In 1883 Theodore Beck was appointed principal of Aligarh and soon assumed the role of editor of its newspaper Institute Gazette. His editorial policy was aimed at keeping the Muslims and Hindus apart. With the aid of Governor General Dufferin, Sir Syed was converted from a nationalist to a supporter of the British.
Sir Syed had been against cow slaughter. He appealed to Muslims to “consider the friendship of Hindus as more valuable than their practice of slaughtering the cow,” However, when Beck took charge of Aligarh that policy was reversed and “openly instigated the Muslims to uphold sacrificing the cow as their religious right.”
To keep Muslims away from the Indian National Congress Beck founded the “Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental Defence League” whose membership was restricted to only Muslims and Europeans. Beck went on to scuttle a bill piloted by Charles Bradlaugh in the British Parliament in 1889 by charging that any parliamentary system in India would be futile and that “The Muslims will be under the majority opinion of the Hindus, a thing which will be highly resented by Muslims, and which, I am sure, they will not accept quietly. Beck mobilized the students of Aligarh to collect signatures on a Friday in front of the Jumma Masjid. The Muslims were told that the petition was to “collected signatures for the government to uphold cow slaughter.” More than 20,000 signatures were amassed.
The All-India Muslim League was founded in 1906 in Dacca with Aga Khan as its permanent president. The aims of the League were as follow:
- To promote among the Indian Muslims feelings of loyalty toward the British Government;
- To protect the political and other rights of the Indian Muslims and to place their needs and aspirations before the Government in temperate language;
- To promote friendly feelings between Muslims and other communities.
The Red Pamphlet Lal Istahar was distributed to the delegate with the appeal:
“Ye Mussalmans, arise, awake! Do not read in the same schools with Hindus. Do not buy anything form a Hindu shop. Do not touch any article manufactured by Hindu hands. Do not give any employment to a Hindu. Do not accept any degrading office under a Hindu… The Hindu has no wealth of his own and has made himself rich only by despoiling you of your wealth. If you become sufficiently enlightened, then the Hindus will starve and soon become Mohammedans.”
The Red Pamphlet evoked riots in Comilla (now Bangladesh). H.W. Nevinson, an eye witness and correspondent for Manchester Guardian writes “…Lives were lost, temples desecrated, images broken, shops plundered and many Hindu widows carried off…women spent nights hidden in tanks and the crime known as group rapes increased…”
All I can say to the British whites who are today lamenting the overrunning of Britain by hordes of Muslims is that the chickens are coming home to roost. Muslims were once your friends and it would not be wise from a humanitarian point of view to drive out friends seeking refuge. Treat them like guests…don’t regulate their life style…let them wear hijabs and decide which laws they should follow and what their children should or should not learn… you did not demonstrate that respect for the indigenous peoples when your Great Britain conquered and ruled over. Your game is over!